Running Circles Around Design


WHO:  Amy Weinstein trained at noteworthy schools such as Cranbrook, the University of Michigan, the Penland School of Crafts, and Harrington College of Design in Chicago. After working for many years as the primary designer at an established design firm, she opened her own studio in Birmingham in 2009. When describing her style, Weinstein says, “No two homes we design are alike, but the signature qualities of warmth, comfort, serenity, and artful restraint are always present. I combine compatible mixes from a variety of styles to create homes that are tailored, unique, and timeless.”

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PLEASING PLATES: “I always keep in mind a pattern or geometric shape (when defining) a space and the elements that live in the space,” says interior designer Amy Weinstein. “In this nook, it’s the circle. The table, the decorative nailheads, the light fixture, the fabric on the chairs, and the plates all have circular elements.”

AMW Dishes on Plate Walls

  • Hang in a uniform grid pattern if all the plates are from one collection. If you have a more random collection, other hanging styles might apply.
  • Use enough plates to make a big statement.
  • Consider using plate hangers, but know that sometimes, placing plates on shelves or ledges is more appropriate.
  • A straightforward approach is best; don’t try so hard to be different.

Artistic ceramic plates by Piero Fornasetti from Tema E. Variazioni N°1, $185/ea.,